An article written for Critters website taking a light-hearted view of the latest report showing that our dogs are getting as fat as, allegedly, we are.
First it was adults who were being accused of obesity, then a couple of years ago the media’s attention spread to the waistlines of our children. Now it is our pets that are coming under the microscope.
Good old Fido may have been perfectly happy that his owners had not caught the fitness bug, dragging him out for long walks in the wind and rain to satisfy their own needs. But it looks like the good times are over for him, with a PDSA-sponsored study revealing this week, so it says, that one in three of our dogs in this country are overweight. In the lead-up to the annual Crufts Dog Show, the PDSA not only published the survey on its website, but also a dog fat map of Britain.
So, much the same as humans are persecuted by constant images of celebrity examples of what the media thinks we should all look like, but the majority of us have little chance of emulating, so our canine loafers will be able to stretch out on the rug, gazing woefully at the pedigree versions of themselves at Crufts. And if their owners also make the comparison, then their poor mutt’s diet may be suddenly reduced to the doggy equivalent of Muesli and Yoghurt for the next few months. Read the full article